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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press


American scientists have developed a molecule-sized computer component that will help create a computer 100 billion times more powerful than the most effective computer existing today.

Genrikh Epp, First Vice Mayor of Kyzyl, Tuva's capital city, was killed Wednesday on the way to his office. The story focuses on possible reasons behind the tragedy. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Segodnya and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The story explains why President Boris Yeltsin has refused to sign amendments to the federal law concerning the procedure of publishing and enacting federal constitutional laws and normative acts of Parliament.

Former Commonwealth of Independent States Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky yesterday suggested to Federation Council Speaker Yegor Stroyev that the Federation Council Anti-Corruption Provisional Commission listen to his report. Berezovsky explained his behavior saying that mass media over the recent months have been conducting a wide-scale campaign to discredit him.

The Moscow City Military Prosecutor's Office has completed an investigation of the criminal case of highly-placed Federal Security Service and Interior Ministry officials Vladimir Staratonov and Sergei Komkov, who have been accused of extorting $10,000.

Representatives from 15 opposition organizations in Tatarstan July 19 began a hunger strike protesting amendments to the republican election law. Grigory Yavlinsky's Yabloko has supported the act, saying that "Moscow again shows that it's unable to defend its citizens from regional separatists' arbitrary rule."

In an interview, Mayor Yury Luzhkov's wife, Yelena Baturin, who, together with her brother, Viktor Baturin, heads the Inteko company and the Bistroplast firm, talks a lot about sports, saying that they help her keep physically fit. She also says that the recent scandal surrounding the financial activities of her companies has helped the public learn about them.

The gasoline situation in Ukraine has become quite serious. The story offers facts and figures to illustrate the point, saying how Russia may help its neighbor. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The story reports on how and why the information war began between ORT and NTV television channels, or, to be more exact, between their owners Boris Berezovsky and Vladimir Gusinsky. How will this battle affect the interests of televiewers?

During its recent inspection of the financial activities of the Pension Fund and its local branches, the Prosecutor General's Office has found many gross violations of existing legislation.

A court session scheduled for July 23 will discuss the issue of appointing an outside manager in the SIDANKO company and several other significant problems. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Pyotr Prokopovich, head of the National Bank of Belarus, stated Wednesday that "his agency will not consider the issue of conducting monetary reform in the republic until the Union treaty with Russia is signed." Thus, Prokopovich indirectly confirmed that they are preparing the reform.

The Supreme Patent Chamber, "Rospatent," has declared the Moscow Ligget-Dukat joint-stock company the owner of the Prima trading mark.


Criminal investigators have significant reasons to believe that the terrorist act in the Central Market in Vladikavkaz March 19 was committed by a group of gangsters led by notorious kidnapper Arbi Barayev.

The story examines the new procedure of issuing foreign passports according to the amendment to the law concerning the rules of exit and entry of the Russian Federation, which took effect Wednesday.

In an interview, Press Minister Mikhail Lesin says what state interests he is going to uphold in his new job. Lesin also says what he likes and dislikes about the ORT and NTV television channels.

Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin July 30 is expected to go to Sarajevo to attend a summit of the countries participating in the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe. The story notes that Russia may receive a weighty contract on restoring Yugoslavia, thus earning several billion dollars.

Evenkia's Court has made a sensational ruling ? to cross out the name of Vladimir Shumeiko, former Federation Council speaker, from the list of candidates to the Suglan, the national parliament.

Menatep wednesday applied to the Moscow Prosecutor's Office with a request to institute criminal proceedings against temporary manager Alexei Karmanov, who, through court proceedings, removed the bank's previous leadership. In an interview, Karmanov explainshis actions.

Vladimir Andreyev a month ago became head of the Federal Air Transport Service, which performs the functions of the abolished Federal Aviation Service. The story describes a fierce struggle going in and around this agency for control over the air sector.

The Central Bank for the first time has joined the group preparing the federal mortgage program. All of such programs were previously unsuccessful. The Central Bank last week sent it's proposals to the State Construction Committee, which is responsible for the program, on organizing the mortgage crediting system in Russia.


Vladimir Timofeyev, Federal Security Service, or FSB, chief in the Vladimir Region, says that "the case of Yelena Baturina (Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's wife) is non-existent."

In an interview, Tax Minister Alexander Pochinok speaks about the poor fate of tax reform and about the professional holiday: the Day of the Tax Collector.

Extraordinary luck has made invalid pensioner Valery Sergeyev, who lives in the Komi republic, happy ? he has inherited $3,600,000 from his grandfather in Zurich. When Sergeyev learned about his wealth, he spent his last 87 rubles on vodka to celebrate his windfall.

The story offers an eyewitness account of the disturbing situation on the Dagestani-Chechen border where an undeclared war is taking place.

In an interview, the writer Andrei Bitov talks about his new literary works and his lectures abroad.


The story offers facts and figures to show how food prices have skyrocketed in Moscow after the imposing of the sales tax.

Former head of the Central Bank, Sergei Dubinin, last year managed to persuade President Boris Yeltsin to issue him permission to export several tons of palladium for sale. What became of the $3 billion earned from the sale of the precious metal?

The story reveals the conflict between Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev and General Staff chief Anatoly Kvashnin, who in public are portraying friendly relations.


British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook highlights the state of British-Russian relations, which have been affected by the recent armed conflict in Kosovo. Cook hopes that the current visit to Britain by Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will help improve relations considerably.

The nuclear-powered cruiser "Moskva" reached its main base ? the Black Sea port of Sevastopol ? on Tuesday after seven years of major renovation. The story features its substantial role in the Russian Black Sea Fleet's combat effectiveness.

General Anatoly Sitnov, chief of the Russian armed forces, stated that commanders have made the decision to put another regiment of strategic rocket troops on combat duty, and to equip it with 10 Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles this year. The story reveals the essence of other top decisions to modernize the army under the current critical conditions.

Forty-seven Yugoslav schoolchildren are vacationing at "Iskorka," a kids' summer recreation center in the Moscow region. They are all children of Yugoslav journalists and information service workers. The story notes that they are enjoying swimming, drawing, singing and dancing there.

Governors from many Russian provinces have been flooding the presidential administration during the last three weeks with letters voicing their displeasure with the draft budget-2000 article concerning the Federal Road Fund. The story looks at their claims.

Nadir Nasibov, head of the Azeri State Property Committee, examines specific features of the nationalization campaign in the republic.

General Konstantin Totsky, director of the State Border Service, and Kyrgyzstan's Defense Minister Myrzakan Subanov have signed an agreement in Bishkek on a procedure for handing over stretches of the state border being guarded today by Russian border guards to the Kyrgyz side. The story comments on the document.

Writer, actor and filmmaker Vasily Shukshin would have turned 70 on July 25. Bulgarian journalist Spas Popov reminisces about his unforgettable meetings with Shukshin.


One story reports on Germany's response to a recent decision by Russia's Constitutional Court on the law concerning so-called trophy artifacts. An official from Germany's cultural ministry, Michael Naumann, stressed that the dispute will continue.

Russia's Federal Security Service has developed its own method of controlling the Internet that is now also being used by Ukrainian security services. The story describes the method.

A session of the State Military and Industrial Commission that was scheduled for July 20 has been postponed. Roman Popkovich, head of the State Duma Defense Committee, believes that if the government fails to take urgent financial and economic measures to fund the army's programs, the collapse of the armed forces may become irreversible. The story comments on the issue.

The Fitch IBCA credit-rating agency announced a decrease in the credit rating of the South Korean Daewoo Motors company. The basic rating dropped from B down to CCC; the short-term borrowings rating has gone down from B to C. This means that default by Daewoo may become a reality. The story gives other figures on its negative ratings.


The Cabinet has created a special governmental commission responsible for rehabilitating Yugoslav industry, which was seriously damaged during the recent war. The commission consists of three subcommittees, each of which has its own duties. The story describes the major jobs and their government executives.

A museum of old domestic and foreign makes of autos and bikes will be built in the Moscow district of Lyublino. The idea comes from Moscow's Lomakov family, who are renowned auto collectors and restorers.

Jan Shlenzak, Poland's deputy economics minister, stated Wednesday that his government is planning a new procedure for importing Russian coal. This means that what Russia has feared very much will soon happen ? the Polish coal market will be closed to Russian companies. The story reveals the essence of the decision, explaining why Poland does not need Russian coal.

Leninsk-Kuznetsky resident Gennady Konyakhin, its former mayor who is unemployed today, appealed to local authorities to allot him a plot of land for building a chapel (with his own money) to honor dead miners. The authorities have approved his request. The story highlights Konyakhin's noble impulse.

One story reports on which social programs and city construction projects Moscow city authorities have to freeze today because of a lack of funds.


In an interview highly-regarded American political scientist Dimitry Simes, president of the Nixon Center, answers the following questions: Are the Russians really "uninvited guests" in Kosovo? Why did the United States persistently oppose the creation of a Russian zone in Kosovo? Is there an alternative to the Clinton administration's policy in Kosovo? What should be done with Slobodan Milosevic?

The Supreme Court in its Friday session will decide whether or not the presidential elections in Karachayevo-Cherkessia on May 16 were legal. OG comments on the issue.

Governors say that Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has huge funds. Where did they come from? In an interview Luzhkov answers this and other questions about Moscow's financial position.

In an interview Culture Minister Vladimir Yegorov talks about Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin's attitude to the problems of culture, about the fate of the proposed law on the patronage of the arts, and about the major renovation projects of three cultural facilities ? the Bolshoi Theater, the Hermitage Gardens and the Lenin Library.

One story highlights the anatomy and physiology of the Kremlin's "family," with all its members and with its own internal laws of subjugation. The story notes who has the final say when "Father" is away.

One story features the past and the present of the Gzhel Ceramic Factory, located in the Moscow region, which has managed to survive all the crises and political changes in Russia. Its beautiful blue-white dishes, cups, vases and figurines are popular among foreign tourists.

Cloning experiments are being conducted in hundreds of laboratories all over the world, including Russia, where Professor Andrei Dyban from the St. Petersburg Institute ofExperimental Medicine has achieved good results. The story features some of them.


In an interview Lyudmila Shevtsova, head of the Committee of Public and Inter-regional Relations of the Moscow government, speaks about her agency's activities, about the role of the thousands of public organizations in the city ? many of which do charitable work concerning a variety of social problems, and about the role of women participating in administering state affairs.

Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn's son Ignat is an illustrious pianist, who gives guest performances in many cities at home and abroad. In an interview Ignat talks about his parents, about his love of music and poetry and about his father's attitude to politics.


In an interview economist Alexander Livshits, minister and presidential representative for dealing with industrialized countries, answers the following questions ? Why has the Russian government failed to uphold the metal sector's interests in the American market? Why can the Russian government in negotiations with Americans not try to lift the anti-market discriminatory conditions? Livshits also says that in a couples of years, Russia will stop borrowing money from the IMF.


The full text of the Federal Law on Postal Communications, passed by the State Duma on June 24, 1999 and approved by the Federation Council on July 2, 1999, is given.